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Behind The Supremes; How 'Dancing In The Street' Got People Moving

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Friday, July 04, 2014

(Courtesy of Motown and Universal Music Group)

Soundcheck takes a look back 50 years, to the summer of 1964 -- a year also known as "The Freedom Summer."

First: For a time, the most successful American performers of the 1960s, The Supremes rivaled even The Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal. Biographer Mark Ribowsky shares some stories behind classics like “Where Did Our Love Go” -- and shows how the concept of “blacks singing white” was essential to the evolution of modern music.

Then: Writer Mark Kurlansky delves into Martha and the Vandellas' hit song “Dancing in the Street,” and the new meaning it took on during the Civil Rights movement.

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Mark Kurlansky and Mark Ribowsky

Behind The Supremes

The most successful American performers of the 1960s, the Supremes for a time rivaled even the Beatles in terms of red-hot commercial appeal. Biographer Mark Ribowsky joins us to get behind classics like “Where Did Our Love Go” and to show how the concept of “blacks singing white” was essential ...

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The Martha and the Vandellas song “Dancing in the Street” was originally supposed to be a summer dance hit. But then the 1960’s happened — and “Dancing in the Street” took on a whole new meaning.

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